Last Thursday morning I got a call from our post office at 7am - "Your chicks are here, please come and get them as soon as possible!" said in a very pleasant way, but I could hear the peeping in the backround and knew they really meant ASAP ;) I also knew they weren't chicks but poults, baby turkeys, my very first turkeys ever! Hooray!
I've read that turkeys are incredibly fragile - they get sick very easily, they die very easily, and they're much harder to raise than chickens. So this batch of turkeys is my "practice run" - these guys are Broad-Breasted White (BBW) turkeys, a hybrid, fast-growing breed. They'll be ready for slaughter in 4 months or so, and by that time, my "real" turkeys will be ready to take their place outside - I'll be raising Bourbon Red heritage turkeys in time for Thanksgiving. *drool*
This is the turkey's current home:
It's a small stall in the barn - they can't go outside until they're about 6 weeks old and it's MUCH warmer outside. I had planned to put them in a stall that's about 3 times this size, but the bacon was in there. I'm poult-sitting for a friend who ordered 5 Black Spanish turkeys along with my 10 BBW, so once she takes those guys away in a couple weeks, I'll move them into the bigger stall.
See how cute they are? :) They're much leggier/ganglier than chicks, but otherwise they look almost identical - adorable fluffballs They're very friendly - they like to climb all over me - and VERY energetic - they're not even a week old yet and they're flitting all around the stall! Adorable. ... ahem... I mean, delicious!
Jen & Dave Paul, owners & operators of Old Post Farm